Trump to sign part of China trade deal ahead of schedule

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday says he expects to sign a significant part of the trade deal with China ahead of schedule but did not elaborate on the timing.

Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before leaving on a visit to Chicago.

“We are looking probably to be ahead of schedule to sign a very big portion of the China deal, we’ll call it Phase One but it’s a very big portion,” he said.

Leaders of the world’s two biggest economies are working to agree on the text for a “Phase 1” trade agreement announced by Trump on Oct. 11.

Trump has said he hopes to sign the deal with China’s President Xi Jinping in November at a summit in Chile.

Trump on Monday said the signing was planned for the summit but made a reference to recent political unrest in Chile and said he believed they could work things out.

The U.S. president said the phase one portion would “take care of the farmers” and “also take care of a lot of the banking needs.”

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“So we’re about I would say a little bit ahead of schedule maybe a lot ahead of schedule,” he said.

Agricultural products are a major area of discussion.

Beijing and Washington are trying to calm a nearly 16-month trade war that is rolling financial markets, disrupting supply chains and slowing global economic growth.


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